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As Apple and Samsung dominate, Japan’s tech giants are in a free fall

October 1, 2012 11:26 am | by The Washington Post | News | Comments

While electronics giants Apple and Samsung fight each other for market dominance, with hotly competitive product releases and tit-for-tat patent lawsuits, Japan’s consumer electronics makers find themselves in an increasingly perilous fight for relevance and, in some cases, survival.

IBM is reportedly interested in BlackBerry business

September 28, 2012 3:49 pm | by Technology Asia | News | Comments

IBM has, according to a media report interest in a prime cut of the ailing BlackBerry vendor RIM. IBM has put out feelers for an informal takeover of the company’s business of Research In Motion (RIM), the financial news agency Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Southeast Asian scientists look to reinvent the flush toilet

September 28, 2012 3:38 pm | by The Christian Science Monitor | News | Comments

The 200-year-old flush toilet requires a substantial amount of infrastructure, which is expensive to build and run. Innovative toilets could be a source of energy while dramatically improving sanitation. Scientists in Bangkok are about to start work on a new flush toilet especially designed for the urban poor in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.


Apple iPhone 5 shortage tied to in-cell screen technology component production

September 28, 2012 3:28 pm | by Newsday | News | Comments

Apple Inc.’s decision to create a smartphone that boasts a thinner, lighter touch screen contributed to the component shortfall that caused demand to outstrip supply of the iPhone on its debut weekend. With the latest version of the iPhone, Apple is for the first time using so-called in-cell screen technology.

U.S. cyber warrior accuses China of targeting Pentagon

September 28, 2012 8:57 am | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. Cyber Command's top intelligence officer accused China on Thursday of persistent efforts to pierce Pentagon computer networks and said a proposal was moving forward to boost the cyber command in the U.S. military hierarchy. "Their level of effort against the Department of Defense is constant"...

China solar groups reject illegal subsidy complaint

September 26, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Yingli Green Energy and Trina Solar, two of China's largest solar equipment makers, rejected on Wednesday allegations by a group of European solar panel companies that Chinese rivals are benefiting from illegal subsidies. In a complaint to the European Commission on Tuesday, the EU ProSun group said Chinese solar companies benefited from very low interest rates thanks to government policy.

Over seven in ten TV sets sold in Singapore in first seven months of this year are LED TVs: GfK Singapore

September 25, 2012 10:18 am | News | Comments

The latest TV technologies are gaining grounds among tech savvy consumers in Singapore who spent a total of nearly USD174 million on some 264,000 units of TV sets in the first seven months of this year. GfK Singapore latest insights on TV sales in the local market showed substantial increase in sales of the most advanced screen display type...

Southeast Asia‘s mobile phones market grew by 24 percent in volume over the last 12 months: GfK Asia

September 19, 2012 4:28 pm | News | Comments

High consumer demand for smartphones and basic feature phones in Southeast Asia’s fast developing markets continue to drive buoyant performances in the mobile phone sector. In the last twelve month, sales of over 118 million units across the seven key markets in the region—Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines...


New edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology opens next week

September 13, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

The new edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair will open from 20 – 22 September 2012 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, China. The fair is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Council and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd.

Samsung breaks ground for memory manufacturing complex in China

September 13, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., held a groundbreaking ceremony for a major new memory fabrication line in Xi'an, China. Once completed, the new facility will make use of advanced 10-nanometer (nm)-class technology in producing NAND flash memory chips, a critical component powering IT and mobile applications for high-speed and large-density data storage.

Smartphones see accelerated rise to dominance

August 30, 2012 10:26 am | News | Comments

Driven by increased demand from developed regions for high-end models, along with an unexpectedly strong push from emerging economies for lower-cost products, smartphones are expected to rise to account for the majority of global cellphone shipments in 2013 — two years earlier than previously predicted.

LG Display’s tablet panel sales revenue more than doubles in Q2

August 22, 2012 4:02 pm | News | Comments

LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue in the second quarter compared to the first, thanks to panel shipments for Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to the IHS iSuppli Small and Medium Display Service from information and analytics provider IHS. During its most recent results announcement with industry analysts, LGD said its tablet panel revenue reached

Apple, Foxconn improve China plants, but more to do: audit

August 22, 2012 2:07 pm | by Clare Jim and Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc and Foxconn have improved working conditions at Chinese factories that make most of the world's iPads and iPhones, according to auditors the firms enlisted to monitor the process, but tough tasks lie ahead. The Fair Labor Association said on Tuesday local laws require the companies -- which came under fire over conditions at the plants blamed for a series of suicides in 2010...


Asia-Pacific-based OEMs dominate chip spending growth on home turf

August 16, 2012 2:49 pm | News | Comments

On a worldwide basis Apple Inc. and other multinational OEMs may be the leading semiconductor purchasers in 2012, but within the all-important Asia-Pacific region it is the locally based companies that are No. 1 when it comes to chip spending growth.

In China, cheap and cheerful phones outsmart Apple

August 16, 2012 2:41 pm | by Melanie Lee, Reuters | News | Comments

In China's booming smartphone market, which is set this year to overtake the United States as the world's largest, a host of little-known local firms are primed with cheap phones to squeeze market share from U.S. giant Apple Inc's iPhone. In the latest local challenge to the iPhone, Xiaomi Technology on Thursday launched the successor to its popular MiOne (MI) smartphone.

Printed thin film transistors to be discussed in Tokyo

August 9, 2012 11:39 am | News | Comments

A diverse toolkit of electronic components can today be printed. These include batteries, antennas, memories, sensors, etc. An important building block linking all these components is the printed thin film transistor. This vital device enables logic and therefore data processing. Despite years of development however, printed transistors are not yet a commercial reality.

Lab in the Wild asks: What's your Internet like?

August 6, 2012 2:36 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Cambridge, Mass – August 6, 2012 - One size fits all? Not on the Web. Users from different countries and cultures actually interact with information in different ways. To explore how people click and tap through the vast network of online offerings, a team of computer scientists from Harvard have launched the "Lab in the Wild".

NEPCON South China to focus on emerging markets

August 6, 2012 11:27 am | News | Comments

Despite the grim international economy, China’s electronics manufacturing industry remains on an upward trajectory.  According to data issued by the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology on July 4, between January and May 2012, the value add to

What Will a Smart Grid in India Look Like?

August 6, 2012 9:53 am | by IMS Research | News | Comments

This week’s widespread power failures in India have highlighted a number of problems that exist in the electrical grid there. A report from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS)) on Distribution Automation Equipment – 2012 Edition analyzes the regional differences between distribution automation adoption globally, including developing countries such as India, and what role smart grid technologies will play in helping to solve these problems.

Hopes dim for Sharp amid Japan's TV industry sunset

August 3, 2012 9:04 am | by Tim Kelly, Reuters | News | Comments

Sharp Corp shares tumbled nearly 30 percent to their lowest closing level since 1976 on Friday as investors questioned whether Japan's last major maker of television panels will survive the sunset of the country's TV industry.

Smartphone maker HTC 2Q profit falls 58 percent as more competition hurts sales

August 3, 2012 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported Friday a 58 percent drop in second quarter profit year-on-year, its third consecutive quarterly decline as intensifying competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. hurt sales.

Samsung tries to stay in consumer spotlight ahead of launch of latest iPhone

August 3, 2012 8:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest mobile-phone maker, said Friday it plans to show a new mobile device in late August, trying to stay in the consumer spotlight ahead of Apple's expected release of the latest iPhone in September.

Leading brands confirmed to participate in the debut "Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology" fair

July 31, 2012 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair starts a new phase this year at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. Jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd, the new edition will be held from 20 – 22 September 2012. The show will encompass the four themes, building automation, smart home, generic cabling as well as

Japan government names radiation physicist as new atomic regulator head

July 27, 2012 12:27 pm | by Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters | News | Comments

Japan's government on Thursday nominated Shunichi Tanaka, an expert in radiation physics, to head a new safety regulator, taking a step forward in its efforts to restore trust in nuclear power, shattered by last year's Fukushima disaster.

New material breakthroughs to be presented at Asia event

July 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Cathleen Thiele, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx | News | Comments

We are witnessing a rapid multiplication of available conductive materials for printed and large area electronics on the market. The different materials distinguish themselves by their conductivity, particle size, curing conditions, availability and cost. New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry will be one of the main topics at IDTechEx's Printed Electronics Asia event, which will take place on October 2-3 in Tokyo, Japan.

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